Reed Gusciora, Trenton’s mayor and a friend of Sarah Dash’s, revealed on his Facebook page on Monday that the R&B singer and Labelle co-founder probably most famous for her hit song “Lady Marmalade” has died. Dash was 76 years old when she passed away.
The cause of death has not been disclosed at this time. Nevertheless, Trentonian Mayor Gusciora stated that Dash had mentioned to her relatives about not feeling healthy days before her demise.
Patti LaBelle, the group’s inspiration, paid tribute to the late singer on Instagram on Sunday.
A strong and important event occurred only the other day when we were both on stage alongside. She impacted my life or the lives of several others in much more areas than I could ever express,” LaBelle captioned a clip of the two of them performing on stage together another night already with the hashtag #SarahDash.
“And I knew I can always just rely on her to defend my side. Sarah was that kind of person—a devoted companion who spoke up for people without a voice. She was a real giver, forever willing to serve and generous with her talent and dedication. I’m devastated, as are her family and friends and all of her admirers. But I’m confident that Sarah’s soul and everything she has done for humanity will go on! And I sincerely hope that her cherished remembrance will offer us solace and serenity. My darling sister, may you find peace in your death. You have my undying love!”
Sarah Dash: Success Story
Dash has been one of thirteen children and grew up in Trenton, New Jersey, where her parents. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a pastor. Her career as Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles began when she was just a pre-teen, once she founded a band named the Capris with vocalists Nona Hendryx, Sundray Tucker, and “Patsy” Holte. “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman” and “Down the Aisle” were two of their top singles.
In 1967, the band was renamed Labelle and altered its sound and identity. Dash slipped effortlessly into the disco era in the late ’70s and early ’80s, thanks to her self-titled record, which gave her the Top 10 disco song “Sinner Man,” as well as countless TV and media interviews to advertise it. She collaborated with musicians like The O’Jays and The Marshall Tuck Band throughout this period and even went on tour with The Rolling Stones.
Labelle reunited numerous times over the years, be it for media appearances or particular performances. Sarah Dash received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National R&B Music Association in 2016.